Just so you Northerners will feel better...

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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East Trail Vanderpool
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Monday, April 8, 2013

It was so warm last night that we ran the AC fan through most of the night. When I got up about six, it was about sixty degrees out, but cloudy.

It had rained just enough to moisten the earth and clean the windshield a bit. We decided to watch the weather and hopefully take our hike after lunch.  It's almost lunchtime and the clouds have lowered to the point that we can't see the hills in the distance.  And, were having a Seattle-type mist falling...  The wind is blowing, so we're hoping that the storm will pass and we can get outside to recycle a few cookies and some ice-cream with carmel sauce, chocolate syrup and crushed Nieman-Marcus cookies... Ahhh, the thought of it.

Now doesn't that make you feel just a skosh better?  I know that you have snow in the Queen City and other towns in the Big MT and sympathize with you, but we're traveling and expect better weather.  It's only right. Right?

The forecast says it's supposed to reach eighty two today.  We'll wait on that.

We have been blessed to see a few hummingbirds visit the tiny feeder we hang on Shorty's dining room window.  I've seen a couple of Anna's and a black-throated one or two.  The bird feeder is holding it's own on the table under our Ramada.  The seed that fell on the table is probably in another county/country by now.  We've seen no birds in that area, but are hopeful.

It's about sandwich time for me and Lynn is cranking up the Microwave to brew another batch of her favorite, popcorn!  In spite of spending so much of our lives together, we often have different diets.  I worry about not getting enough fat and sugar, whereas she avoids the sugar, for obvious reasons.

We still have some sausage that we bought in Louisiana, brand name, Manda's.  It's a pork sausage and looks good, even in the fridge.  Lynn's thinking about making some soup, so look out!  She's an authentic soup expert.  

We're hangin' in, weather-wise and will check back later...

The Seattle drizzle pretty much stopped at about two, so we headed out for an abbreviated hike up to the East Trail.  We saw a whole lot of white flowers that hadn't opened yesterday, but were open today, perhaps due to the nice moisture.

The hike steepens, much like our trails near our home in Helena.  We just went a quarter mile farther here, since we did over three miles yesterday and frankly, I was tired.

We had passed some clear, green ponds that looked like they held lots of bass.  I could see them rising as we watched.  We met up with one Birder who was observing an orange-capped warbler of some sort.   He had a cool Labradoodle pup that I got a shot of.  Sweet dog, but he didn't look anything like the labradoodles I'd seen before.  He strongly resembled a Water Spaniel with an unkempt look.

We saw less folks today, being a Monday, when the loyal folks are back at work helping us to do what we do.  The Sun came out and warmed us up nicely and it's about eighty, above, now.  The breeze is fine and keeps one cool out in the great outdoors.

This is a beautiful campground with more trees than we've seen in a while.  So many varieties!

We'll be sacrificing the Manda sausages to the Propane gods tonight... My mouth is already watering.  I'll give a full report tomorrow, perhaps with photos.  Anybody interested?

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Dennis on

The sausages looked greay. From a distance, I thought you were having rattlesnake. Bet they were very good.

photodon on

Birds not spending much time here. They get swept away by the 30-40 mph winds we've been having. Skies are clear and the temps are reasonable in the 60s. You guys continue to have a great trip. It's fun reading your blog. Keep up the good work, Ralphie.

Mike Noble on

Yep mail some of that sausage home to me....okay, fine , I guess a picture is fine. I had some sausage anyway last night at our graduate level wine course at the University (though the actual tasting was at Island Liquor)....and then we were on to the weekly trivia fame at Riley's Irish Pub. I do envy your hikes...we do few here but you get diffentness (my made up word) every day. Garage sales are in the air here so my yearly quest begins this Saturday...ah, Ebay.

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